The Miami Marlins pulled out a rain-shortened victory after six innings of play against the Minnesota Twins this afternoon by a score of 6-2. A solid five innings from Nathan Eovaldi and another home run from Christian Yelich helped earn the win.
Eovaldi surrendered his only runs of the game with the first two batters, walking leadoff man Aaron Hicks on four pitches, and falling behind on Brian Dozier before letting up a home run. Joe Mauer would single before Eovaldi could wiggle out of the jam. Eovaldi held the twins scoreless for the rest of his outing, allowing five hits, two walks, and striking out three.
The middle of the Marlins lineup strung together three hits, two walks, and a hit by pitch against Twins’ starter Kevin Correia to put up four runs, making the score 4-2 in the second inning.
Getting the start at third base was Chris Valaika, who pushed the Marlins lead one run further in the top of the third inning after mashing his first home run of spring. Counting his two-run single in the top of the second, Valaika had three RBI on the day.
Correia would enjoy his only 1-2-3 inning of his outing in the fourth, and would be replaced by righty Tim Wood in the fifth. Yelich would homer off of Wood, extending the lead to 5-2.
Rain overwhelmed the Lee County sports complex and delayed the game going into the 6th inning. The game was eventually called, ending everyone’s day before any defensive substitutions were made.
Eovaldi managed an efficient outing after the Dozier home run, finding success with inducing contact to the free-swinging twins.
Next: The Marlins are scheduled to play the St. Louis Cardinals tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. Jacob Turner will be on the mound for the Marlins, likely fighting for his rotation spot. The Cards will counter with pitching prospect Shelby Miller.